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Hasler, Barrett: Golden point has to go

Sporting News Sporting News 11/08/2016

Canterbury coach Des Hasler. © Getty Images Canterbury coach Des Hasler. It’s not often you will get a pair of NRL coaches agreeing on something after a match, but both Trent Barrett and Des Hasler can agree on this: golden point has to go. 

It was another white-knuckle game on Thursday night as a Tom Trbojevic mistake ended Manly’s hopes of finals in 2016, with a late Josh Reynolds try sealing an incredible 20-16 golden point victory for the Bulldogs. 

However, despite being on the receiving end of a win, Dogs coach Des Hasler believes golden point is a bad look for the game, while a draw adds more drama to a season. 

Six failed field goal attempts were made throughout the golden point period on Thursday night, something Hasler was keen to address in the aftermath. 

“It wasn’t won on field goals today, that’s for sure,” Hasler said post-match. 

“The golden point, look, both sides — (the referees) could have blown a penalty at any stage. I think the golden point, I think it will be reviewed in the off-season.” 

Manly coach Trent Barrett agreed with Hasler post-match. 

“I hope (the NRL) do (re-assess golden point),” Barrett said.

“It’s a lottery really in the end, we’re having pot shots and they’re having pot shots.

"The referees aren’t game to make a decision because they’d be crucified if they make the wrong one. I think we do need to have a look at it.” 

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